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Friends of Genesee Theatre

The mission of the Friends of the Historic Genesee Theatre is to serve the cultural, educational and economic needs of the community by supporting quality diverse entertainment that brings smiles, laughter, warmth and lasting memories to every patron at excellent values.

Our mission will be achieved by raising funds which will be reinvested in making the theater a catalyst for Waukegan’s civic pride and success as a permanent leader in cultural, educational and economic development in the community.

You can aid in this worthy mission in several ways – through direct service by becoming a member of the Board; as a contributor to a number of membership and sponsorship opportunities; or by volunteering to assist with yearly events and functions.

2014 Membership Program

Footlight

You can become a Footlight member for a donation of $300.00 per annum to The Friends of the Historic Genesee Theatre (a 501(c) (3) not for profit organization). Your $300 donation is tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. With your Footlight Membership you will receive many unique opportunities befitting the status of membership including:

  • Bar Discounts
  • Invitation to Annual Appreciation Dinner
  • Recognition on Genesee Website
  • Discounts on Genesee Merchandise
  • Presale Tickets - Buy tickets before they go on sale to the general public!

STAGELIGHT

You can become a Stagelight member for a donation of $1000.00 per annum to The Friends of the Historic Genesee Theatre (a 501(c) (3) not for profit organization). Your $1000 donation is tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. With your Stagelight Membership you will receive many unique opportunities befitting the status of membership including:

  • Bar Discounts
  • Invitation to Annual Appreciation Dinner
  • Recognition on Genesee Website
  • Discounts on Genesee Merchandise
  • Presale Tickets - Buy tickets before they go on sale to the general public!
  • VIP Seat Selection 
  • 4 Complementary Parking Vouchers
  • Invitation to Members Only Events

SPOTLIGHT

You can become a Spotlight member for a donation of $2500.00 per annum to The Friends of the Historic Genesee Theatre (a 501(c) (3) not for profit organization). Your $2500 donation is tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. With your Spotlight Membership you will receive many unique opportunities befitting the status of membership including:

  • Bar Discounts
  • Invitation to Annual Appreciation Dinner
  • Recognition on Genesee Website
  • Discounts on Genesee Merchandise
  • Presale Tickets - Buy tickets before they go on sale to the general public!
  • Unlimited VIP Seat Selection
  • 10 Complementary Parking Vouchers
  • Invitation to Members Only Events
  • Welcome Package Upon Enrollment
  • Discounts on Theatre and Lounge Rental Fees
  • Special "Last Call" Discounts for Select Shows

Seat Sponsorship

Create a memory that will last a lifetime by donating a seat at the Genesee Theatre. For $250, a plate will be imprinted with your name or as a tribute to a loved one and affixed to a theatre seat. As a seat donor, your seat plate is a highly visible memento of your commitment to the success of the theatre and the revitalization of Waukegan. In addition, you will receive a certificate of recognition, as well as a notation on a prominent Seat Donors Wall Plaque. Additional benefits include the tax advantage of donating to a a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Availability is limited and seats are going fast! Don’t miss your chance to be a part of history!


Crystal Medallion

Crystal_Medallion.jpgThe Women’s Board of the Historic Genesee Theatre, in conjunction with the Junior Woman’s League of Waukegan, is now offering a unique way to commemorate the renovation of this historic theatre. Genuine Swarovski Crystal medallions, featuring the Grand Chandelier are available for $50. These beautiful one-of-a-kind ornaments include a satin ribbon, as well as a ribbon marked with the year 2004 to commemorate the Genesee Theatre’s Grand Re-Opening. Show your support in style with these sparkling statements of Waukegan’s crown jewel. Proceeds benefit the upkeep of the theatre’s restoration. Supplies are limited!

 

Friends of Genesee Board members

  • Mr. Brian Shenker, Chairman of the Board

Operations Board members

  • Mr. Roy Cox, Vice Chairman of Operations
  • Mr. Brian Golwitzer Sr., Executive Secretary
  • Mr. Harry Gaples
  • Ms. Stephanie Sim

DEVELOPMENT BOARD MEMBERS

  • Ms. Debra Halas, Vice Chairman of Development / Treasurer
  • Mr. Michael P. Rhoades
  • Ms. Irene Edgar
  • Mr. Doug Jaeger
  • Mr. George Markoutsas
  • Mr. Gary Munda
  • Mr. Todd Mundorf
  • Alderman Edith Newsome
  • Ms. Lauren Sczygielski-Anders
  • Ms. Ann Taylor
  • Mr. Philip Tobin

Honorary Board OF DIRECTORS

  • Mr. Kevin Anderson
  • Ms. Conni Marie Brazelton
  • Mr. Neil Flynn
  • Mr. Michael Fosberg
  • Mr. Patrick Read Johnson
  • Mr. Russell Nype
  • Ms. Anita Padilla
  • Mr. Chuck Waters
  • Mr. Fred Abdula, In Memoriam
  • Mr. Ray Bradbury, In Memoriam
  • Mr. Paul Chervin, In Memoriam
  • Mr. Jerry Orbach, In Memoriam
  • Ms. Eleanor Taylor-Bland, In Memoriam

For more information about the Friends of the Historic Theatre and how you can become a part of this valuable organization, please contact Colleen Rogalski at 847.782.2366 or Colleen.Rogalski@GeneseeTheatre.com.